Altered States; Alter This

Discover Visual Journaling in an Altered Book w/Juliana Coles


You may register at any time for this online workshop & work at your own pace. Scroll all the way down for payment options!

I am cutting the price of this online workshop in half! I will be at an artist residency this summer and will not have time to answer questions or comment on people's work. If there are any problems you will need to email me at but I will not be following the course. Sign up and make your book for the Weekend Getaway Retreat (click workshops link above) in Los Angeles or the San Diego Retreat In November. You can also Alter a book for my Portugal retreat (Click workshops link above) or take advantage of this amazing offer for any reason! The workshop is self explanatory and easy to follow. The workshop is half price because you won't be getting any feedback from me.

lostsm.jpglostsm.jpgsacrifice.jpgIn this Online Workshop, the Altered book format will serve as an introduction to the Extreme Visual Journaling techniques developed by Juliana Coles in 1992. Altered States begins with an old library book, text book, record album set, or any other all ready existing book form that can be altered to become your Visual Journal.  In this creative altered state you will tape, glue, sew, cut, paint, add fold outs and create found object tab dividers. By the end of this workshop you will have prepared an entire book, cover to cover! This is an experiment, in 4 exciting lessons, that will influence all your future books!
lostsm.jpg* Lesson #1: Introduction - provides a materials list & possible book forms with accompanying video, audio, and Tribal Council Questions.
  * Lesson #2 will be spent on Book Preparations by making more space to protect the spine, learning creative ways to add new pages and secret envelopes, as well as setting up chapters or sections using tabs (I love tabs and things that sneak out the sides!).
* Lessons 3 & 4 will guide you through my unique self dialogue tools that combine words with imagery while utilizing mixed media to create various backgrounds and texture for Altering, not just your books, but also changing the outcome of your lives. Yes! Extreme Visual Journaling is THAT powerful!
Course Materials:
Each lesson is provided in full color pdf files, supportive video, and audio files to listen to while you work! This online workshop will cover:

- the philosophy and definitions of terms unique to my process of self discovery

- recommended  reference materials & library for books on the multitude of subjects discussed

- weekly assignments utilizing mixed media to combine journal writing exercises with image making
- “homework” assignments to support each exercise and develop this process as an ongoing practice
- extensive video fully explaining techniques

- full color PDF files to download workshop material to read at your leisure
- mp3 files of most of the text to record or download and listen to while you work!
-  Group forum questions to encourage the shared experience which is an important aspect of this inner journey.  You are not alone.


"Altered States" is presented in 4 printable PDF "booklets."   Each full color booklet is 16-24 pages and will provide all the basics as well as how to use this program, upload images to the Group Forums, etc.


Registration for "Altered States Online Workshop" is open. Instructions for setting up your own practice and gathering supplies will be provided in the Introductory manual as part of this workshop. You may register at any time and it will be your responsibility to download all materials by course end (you've got an entire year!).
 Once I receive payment, I will send you two email invites, one from, the main workshop site, and one from for video. (Please check your trash/junk folder as well). Once you receive your invites you will need to sign up/sign in for both and create a profile page. It takes a bit of effort to set it up, but once everything is in place it's easy! THE EMAIL ADDRESS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT IS THE ADDRESS I WILL USE FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND THE ADDRESS WHICH I WILL SEND YOUR INVITES TO. WHEN SIGNING IN, PLEASE USE THIS SAME ADDRESS OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE WORKSHOP. If you have any difficulties, please contact me at, and I will be happy to walk you through the steps!

                                               Payment Options:

$95.00 Registration.   NOW $55.00!                                                           

$25.00 Altered States Reloaded:  Renew.  Reload.  Reawaken. ( If you've taken this fun workshop before and would like to sign up again to re-inspire, recommit, reconnect and rework by working together in a group then  Please email me, let me know what year you took THIS workshop, and I will look up your original receipt. Once reloaded status has been confirmed, I will send you the link for the discounted fee! If you've made this journey into the altered states and back before, you've earned it!)

Once you make payment through Paypal you will receive 2 email invites; one from Ning, the workshop Home page, and one from Shutterfly, where you will access video. Invitations are all done manually, so please be patient as I only send enrollment invites Mondays and Thursdays.  To access course materials, you must sign up to create a member page at BOTH Ning and Shutterfly as soon as you receive your invites.

Please read workshop description carefully before clicking on Paypal. There will be no refunds.
For more info on policies, see FAQ's and "Policies" listed on Ning front page.
No prior art, sketching, writing, or altering experience necessary.
We are all seekers.
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